Dreamchasers 2

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Dreamchasers 2
Mixtape by Meek Mill
Released May 7, 2012
Recorded 2011—2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 73:39
Label Maybach Music, Warner Bros.
Producer All Star, Beat Billionaire, Cardiak, Davgainz, Jahlil Beats, KeY Wane, Sam Sneaker, SAP, Southside, The Beat Bully, Reginald 'Regg' Smith, Jesse 'Corporal' Wilson
Meek Mill chronology
Dreamchasers
(2011)
Dreamchasers 2
(2012)
Dreams & Nightmares
(2012)

Dreamchasers 2 is a mixtape by American rapper Meek Mill, hosted by DJ Drama. It is the second installment in the Dreamchasers series, and was released on May 7, 2012 on professional mixtape website DatPiff. Dreamchasers 2 features guest appearances by American rappers Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Fabolous, French Montana, Wale, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz and Canadian rapper Drake - along with singing vocals by Jeremih, Trey Songz and Jordanne. Production varies from Jahlil Beats, SAP, All Star, Cardiak, Reginald "Regg" Smith, Jesse "Corporal" Wilson and others.[1] The mixtape consists mostly of original material, and includes a remix of Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers" single "House Party", and a cover of Drake's "The Ride".

Originally due for release a month prior, the mixtape was highly anticipated resulting in high traffic causing mixtape site DatPiff to crash upon the mixtapes eventual release. The mixtape quickly became the most popular mixtape release of all-time on the site, with over 1.5 million downloads within 6 hours of release and over 2.5 million downloads within 24 hours. Meek Mill announced on his Twitter that he will release four extended tracks for a deluxe edition of Dreamchasers 2, which never happened. Instead, he released seven songs without tags. The third track, "Amen", was later released as the lead single off Mill's debut studio album Dreams & Nightmares. The fourth track, "Burn", became the second single.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
DJBooth 3.5/5 stars
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10[2]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[3]

Upon its release Dreamchasers 2 received generally positive reviews from music critics. Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape a 7.4 out of 10, saying "If all goes well for Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2 will be a footnote in his career, the tape where he started to bridge the gap to something close to stardom. It won't play as important a role in his narrative as the first edition, and that's saying something considering D2 currently sits at 4.1 million downloads on DatPiff alone. But it is of equal quality to the mixtape that broke him big, and that can only mean good things."[2] Carl Chery of XXL gave the mixtape an XL, saying "The MMG MC takes listeners to church on “Amen”—a sultry Drake and Jeremih-assisted track that’s sure to garner spins through the summer. The tape falls into a momentarily lull with “A1 Everything” and “Use to Be,” but the slump, expectedly, doesn’t persist. More standouts abound, including “Flexing,” “Big Dreams,” the star-studded “House Party (Remix)” featuring Fabolous, Wale and Mac Miller, as well as “Str8 Like That.” The tape reflects an evolution in Meek’s subject matter. While Dreamchasers documented Meek’s struggles, its sequel speaks on hardships in the past tense. “Every other month I make a million, “ as he boasts on “Ready or Not,” is more of a familiar theme, here. At 20 tracks, Dreamchasers 2 is sort of a long-player, but it fulfills its purpose in prepping Meek’s fans for the main event. [3]

Slava Kuperstein of HipHopDX gave the mixtape a positive review, saying "Meek can capably flow, but he’s not nearly the consistent presence on the mic as, say, a Young Jeezy or a Rick Ross—partly because he just flat-out refuses to switch up the delivery. Ideally, projects are to be viewed in the abstract; but sometimes Dreamchasers 2 is so derivative that there is little room for that. When Meek decides to not be run-of-the-Mill, he sounds like he could be MMG’s MVP. But when he elects to do songs like “Flexing” and “Lean Wit It,” which sound like it could be any of a thousand variants of the same song Ace Hood keeps making, one has to wonder whether Meek is even interested in achieving greatness. Ultimately, a fairly strong guest list and a good ear for beats is enough to carry this project, while Meek Mill ponders that question."[4]

Accolades[edit]

The mixtape was named the 14th best album of 2012 by Complex Magazine.[5] MTV also named the mixtape the 19th best album of 2012.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   The Beat Bully 2:03
2. "Ready or Not"   All Star 4:16
3. "Amen" (featuring Drake & Jeremih) KeY Wane, Jahlil Beats (co.) 4:47
4. "Burn" (featuring Big Sean) Jahlil Beats 3:34
5. "A1 Everything" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) SykSense 2:53
6. "Use to Be" (featuring Jordanne) Davgainz 5:01
7. "Flexing"   Jahlil Beats 4:15
8. "I Get It" (featuring Travi$ Scott) Jesse "Corparal" Wilson, Reginald "Regg" Smith (co.) 3:14
9. "Errday" (featuring Rick Ross) Cardiak 3:14
10. "Racked Up Shawty" (featuring Fabolous & French Montana) Southside 3:39
11. "Lean Wit It"   Cardiak 3:58
12. "Big Dreams"   All Star 3:21
13. "Take U Home" (featuring Wale & Big Sean) Beat Billionaire 4:22
14. "Faded Too Long (The Ride Freestyle)"   Doc McKinney, The Weeknd 2:52
15. "Face Down" (featuring Sam Sneaker, Trey Songz & Wale) Sam Sneaker 4:36
16. "Str8 Like That" (featuring 2 Chainz & Louie V) E. Banga 3:14
17. "House Party (Remix)" (featuring Fabolous, Wale & Mac Miller) The Beat Bully 4:58
18. "Real"   SAP 2:03
19. "On My Way"   All Star 3:21
20. "Outro"   All Star 2:23
Total length:
73:39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dreamchasers 2 on Datpiff.com". Datpiff.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Meek Mill: Dreamchasers 2 | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2 - XXL". XXL. Harris Publications. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  4. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (2012-05-11). "Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2 (Mixtape Review)". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  5. ^ "14. Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2 — The 50 Best Albums of 2012". Complex. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  6. ^ 12/13/2012 06:53:33 (2012-12-13). "Best Albums Of 2012 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-07-13.